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It ain’t like it used t’be (and that’s both good and bad)

For my sins, last night I had spent just over £20 to Sky Box Office for the privilege of watching Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker ‘live’ from the Principality Stadium over twelve rounds on points last night and thereby become holder of three (or is it four?) world heavyweight championship [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

St John Passion/ Bach

I must admit I am no fan of Church choral music. Perhaps it’s my own religion or perhaps it’s the discomfort of a church. However as it was a Good Friday I was happy to muck in with the National Rust team in a visit to the Bach oratorio St John Passion at the Nice Opera House. This time I was [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nice-not nice to walk/easyJet/internet

Given the Promenade des Anglais, it’s ironic that I should believe that Nice is not an agreeable place to walk. The pavements are too narrow, you take your life in your hands on a pedestrian crossing and the scooters are about as accommodating as Stukas. I like to stroll best in the section [...]

March 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

You never think it will happen to you

Hmmnn … well, that was a quite eventful day. At 10.30am I set off to walk to my local train station to travel to central London for lunch with and old friend and a pal of his at a club in the rain. Apart from the Tube train – which was scheduled to depart as I reached the platform – [...]

March 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Colombe dOr

Yesterday we visited for lunch another great institution la Colombe d’Or in St Paul de  Vence. It’s only 30 minutes away by car from La Petite Maison but quite different. It’s a hotel, not an international brand. I suspect though though there never be a poll that la Colombe d’Or is the [...]

March 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

A short one about a not-so-short one

It is a fact of life that, whatever stage of life you are, it is not always easy to begin a new diet or fitness regime – or indeed give up something for Lent, as some try to do every year. Take the case of me and my new fitness regime which was scheduled to begin yesterday. I had everything [...]

March 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

And here’s another one

Modern life is a state in which social media, fitness, eating well and diets all play their part – indeed these days it seems there seems scarcely a week goes by without some new ‘latest fad’ becoming the thing of the hour. Here’s an interesting piece by nutritionist Pixie [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pause (cause even) for thought

Here’s a disturbing article by Andreas Whittam-Smith (the first-ever editor of The Independent) on the ‘cluster’ of  paedophile clergymen in one parish that I spotted today on the website of – THE [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

a la Colthard

A topic that came up for discussion which has be come relevant in post-Brexit UK is could one live abroad? My own view is that if I did I would not choose France. There is an attitude of unhelpfulness  bordering on the rude. There were two examples yesterday when  Bob and I had our morning [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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